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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Mar 11, 2010 7:59am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Cream and the Dead

I would have like to jumped in ton this post, by real life ( mother in hospital ) kept me occupied .
As the Cream/Dead comparison, you are said what I have always felt , the the Dead may not have been" world class musicians" ,but they always (when they were goo) played together , or off each other . I love that live Cream stuff, ballsy, aggressive, exciting , but they don't seem to be listening ( or trying to listen ) to each other , Some of this can be laid to the loud volumes they played, and poor ( no existent ?)monitor systems of the day . As we know , the Dead put a lot of effort toward better sound .
As for Bloomfied's comments, from musician's point of view, there was more that a little truth than we might like to think . To a guy who was on top of his game, and knew "the real stuff" first hand , Pigpen's blues might seem pretty "amateur" . But I think he misses the point, that part of the charm of the SF bands, and the Dead in particular, WAS their amateur feel . I always thought the Dead had that feel of the world's greatest garage band . A "garage band", that could, at times, climb to heights undreamed of, by there more "accomplished",more professional kin in the music world .
Thanks for the great post .